30 Nov

Coffee Morning Raises Money for Howlands

Christine Sykes, our long serving staff member, decided to hold a coffee morning at her home and invited the neighbours round to join in for catch up and a natter whilst raising money to support Howlands.
Christine was absolutely delighted when ten people turned up for coffee and cakes.
In addition to coffee and cakes a raffle was held  and a total of well over £30 was raised which will go towards the Howlands fundraising pot – everyone had a great time in good company. Thank you for thinking of Howlands.
23 Nov
Another completed shopping bag make to order

Another Complete Shopping Bag Make to Order

Pam’s getting busy and here is another complete shopping bag make to order and ready to hit the shops.

Another completed shopping bag make to order

Just look at the detail! This one is for our very own Judith Cass. 

Not one to rest, Pam has already started on her next shopping bag order. Don’t forget to place your order for a bag for life.


20 Nov

Snap up an up-cycled hessian bag for your Christmas gifts as part of our fundraising activities at Howlands

As part of continuing fundraising activities at Howlands we have been creatively up-cycling hessian bags in the hope they will be snapped up.
This is a regular activity here at Howlands and from experience we know the bags are very popular, so fingers crossed this time will be no different.
Pam Long, one of our members, holds the latest bag that she has finished to sell to support the work that we have do. Just look at how detailed the embroidary is – fabulous work and truly a one-off piece of craft.
1 Nov

Fundraising Event Success for Howlands

Fund Raising Evening at Nikoz restaurant in Ossett.
Our new chairperson Cath Longley welcomed members, volunteers and fund raisers to a fund raising event at Nikoz restaurant in Ossett.
Everyone enjoyed the evening out which included Greek dancing and plate spinning.
Cath Longley said that is was really good to see everybody enjoying themselves while raising money for such a good cause.
She thanked the staff at Nikoz for the lovely meals and for making it such a pleasant evening.
She added that we are really pleased that we have raised £210.00 for Howlands.
3 Oct
Tom Ellis stepped down as the Chair of Trustees

Tom Ellis Steps Down as the Chair of Trustees

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the the League of Friendship, Tom Ellis stepped down as the Chair of Trustees.

Tom Ellis stepped down as the Chair of Trustees

He said that he had been involved with Howlands for 17 years in various roles and felt that it was time for someone else to take a lead. He went on to say that he had really enjoyed his time working with the staff, volunteers and members.
Tom thanked his fellow trustees, and the manager Deborah Hall, for their hard work in obtaining  their recent grant from the Big Lottery.
Cath Longley who did much of the work on the grant has now taken on the role of Chair of the Trustees.
Cath said: “I am looking forward to building upon the fantastic work that Tom has done. With such a brilliant team of staff and volunteers and a brand new building, the future is looking bright“.
25 Sep

Could you join our Board of Trustees?

come and join our board of trustees.

6968_066Are you interested in joining our small charity’s successful team?

The staff, members, volunteers and trustees of Howlands have worked hard to bring the charity into the 21st Century, and recently were successful in gaining a Big Lottery grant used for the refurbishment of the charity’s building.

Could you help Howlands maintain its place in Dewsbury and surrounding areas as an important provider of services to vulnerable people? Do you feel that you have the skills, experience and competencies which will assist planning for future stability?

If so please come and talk to us.

Call and speak to Tom or Deborah on 01924 463693

25 Sep
Howlands open day

Howlands Invites you to an Open Evening

Howlands invites you to drop in on an opening evening on Monday 16th October 2017 between 5-7pm to learn more about what Howlands can do for you.

Howlands Open Evening

Come and look around our newly refurbished and modernised building on School Street, Dewsbury and see the transformational work for yourself.


Learn more about using our services which promote the welfare of adults with physical and mental disabilities through art based activities, or find out more about volunteering in a friendly relaxed organisation which offers opportunities to meet new people and make friends.



New since the refurbishment are our adaptable and flexible spaces for hire. Hold a meeting, conference, training session or group activity here within the modern and refreshing interior of Howlands.

Contact us to enquire or learn more    01924 463693

16 Aug
The mystery of the pancake dog solved, or is it ?

The mystery of the pancake dog solved, or is it ?

One of of our volunteers recently visited the town of Morzine in the French alps.
He visited the local church of Saint Guerin.
The interior was dominated by large statues of the 4 evangelists and their symbols.
The statue of St. Mark and his winged lion was of interest.
The mystery of the pancake dog solved, or is it ?
The beast had a strong resemblance to Howland’s Pancake Dog.
And the wings would explain the strange detail on the back of our dog.
But perhaps you might know better ?
2 Aug
New Howlands members

New Members for Howlands

Look what turned up on the busy road outside Howlands, new members. Our new centre is attracting visitors from all walks of life!
New Howlands members

New Howlands members

They were invited in for a relaxing paddle in a tray and then taken to a local canal to find a new safe home.
18 Jul
Howlands officially open

Howlands Officially Opens

Over 120 people attended the official opening of the newly refurbished Howlands to recognise and celebrate the centres re-birth.
Howlands officially open

Pictured left-right Amanda Cunoosamy, Big Lottery; Deborah Hall, Howlands Manager; Barry Stephenson, Big Lottery; Kevin Keogh, HB Projects; Sam Cullingworth, Stakeholder; Tom Ellis, Howlands Chairman; Steve Voke, Voke Consltancy; Dewsbury Labour MP, Paula Sherriiff.

Special guests were Barry Stephenson and Amanda Cunoosamy from the Big Lottery, Dewsbury Labour MP Paula Sherriff, and Kirklees Deputy Mayor Clr Gwen Lowe.
Everyone who attended had in some way helped with the transformation. Whether it was with words of encouragement, donations, fundraising, or help in kind.
All the hard work for the grant was delivered by the local people of Dewsbury. Not just ordinary people, special people who had overcome their own varied abilities and difficulties to make the refurbishment a success.
Tom Ellis, Chairman, said that he had heard of the regeneration in other parts of Dewsbury but he believed the real regeneration in Dewsbury was happening in Howlands.
Our first morning back we received a surprise visit from Chris Clarke Managing Director of HB Projects, the company that made it all happen, and the opportunity to thank him directly for the high standard of work from his team who were keen to preserve the integrity of building and preserving many of the interesting aspects of the building whilst installing new facilities such as air conditioning, central heating, double glazing and black out blinds in the Community Room.
Howlands is now open watch the refurbishment time lapse video here Howlands Refurbishment Time Lapse Video and come along and join us.